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Athens, GA
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24,496
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$28,052 ($9,842)
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Average
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5 College Freshman

Facilities: I LOVE it here! There's tons to do and never a dull moment. There's something for everyone here, seriously there's a quidditch team and a humans vs. zombies game each semester. The facilities are the best I've ever seen, brand new and always with plenty of room, there's always a quiet place to study or a group meeting to study with. Everyone is sooo friendly and willing to help if you ever need anything, seriously just stop someone on the sidewalk and ask for directions or help with anything and I promise someone will oblige. I think that's my favorite thing about UGA, how nice everyone is. Sports are huge here and there are tons of intramural, club and varsity sports. Everyone I've talked to that is in their last year wants to start all over, everyone wants to be a freshman again. People sometimes purposefully pick up a minor or a second major to get to stay a fifth year. The downtown scene is awesome and the botanical gardens are one of my favorite places to visit, especially in the spring.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Very Competitive – Greek life is full of parties and people! A lot of people are in fraternities or sororities (myself included) but it's not the end of the world if you're not. There are tons of other things to get involved with (like clubs, sports, SGA, etc.). Everyone can go to frat parties which are a lot of fun. The recruitment for sororities at least is very hectic and high stress but I felt it was worth it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of the housing is average, rundown or not in the safest areas. There are a few GREAT options for students (you can even bring a pet!) and they aren't that expensive. One and two bedrooms are a lot more expensive than three or four bedrooms. Most places have individual bathrooms and only a few offer in house washers and dryers. But the places that were built for college students do everything right, offering washer/dryers, roommate matching, package deals that include water and trash removal, new appliances, great pools, workout facilities and gated communities with tons of parking. I've been looking around by myself and it hasn't been hard to find places but remember you get what you pay for! If you're looking for cheap, you'll find it. The cheap places are also full of crime and beat up housing. The nicer ones (if you're not opposed to having a few roommates) are much safer and have better landlords and maintenance people.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Most of the time the weather is great, which makes it a lot easier to walk to class. On rainy day, the buses become your best and worst friend because they are so crowded. When it rains in Athens, it POURS, so make sure you have a cute pair of rain boots and an umbrella because classes rarely get cancelled because of weather. A lot of people like to do their HW outside and the campus has great "green space" for that.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is ALWAYS a party on campus! A lot of the bars check IDs, but they know that the majority of their profit comes from underaged drinkers (especially on Thursdays)! There are several clubs and bars that they buses will get you to and the taxi drivers are all really nice.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are four dining halls on the campus. All are in relatively nice locations and are aesthetically pleasing. The dining halls all have their own "special thing", but the choices are just about the same everyday. The only time the food is spectacular is when the meals are themed. Construction is being done on one of the dining halls for expansion. There is also one dining hall that is open 24 hours Monday through Thursday. The food is good (sometimes), but there are very few choices.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Best Ever – The campus buses will be your life saver if you're running late. There are over 4 different bus routes for the on-campus buses. During the day you can usually catch a bus every 15 minutes or so.
There is also a fee in your student fees to cover the city buses as well. The city bus routes go into the apartment complexes off campus. So even if you live off campus you wouldn't have to dive onto campus, just catch the bus there and back.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There isn't one overwhelming stereo type. There are the sorority girls and frat boys, preps, hipsters and indie kids (a good amount of them), ROTC people, geeks and nerds, southern Christian. There is a large international presence and a fair mix of ethnicity.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Go Out or Stay in – There is never a dull night in Athens. The downtown scene is right across the street from north campus. Almost all of the clubs are 21 and up but there are usually events here and there where 18 and ups are allowed. But aside from that there are a ton of great restaurants and shops there too. And don't ever j-walk at night. Also Greek row is very active in the party scene and don't forget your friends that live in apartment complexes that are having a get together Saturday night.
As far as transportation,there are lots of cabs lined up downtown at night to get people home. Personally though I would walk home with friends or find a dd. During the weekdays the campus buses frequent the bus stop across the street from dt.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Great Security – The University of Georgia has great security systems. The residence halls all have hand scanners to control entry in the the living areas. There are also front desks 24/7 to answer any concerns as well as on duty RAs.
The campus its self is monitored day and night by the campus police.
There have been a small number of crimes report while I've been here. Most reported is petty theft, fixed by keeping your door locked and your eyes on your belongings.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather here in Athens, Ga is awesome most of the time. The winter never gets too cold, but if by some chance it snows then classes get cancelled :). It does rain a lot but everybody just wears rainboots, and be prepared professors love taking attendance on rainy days!

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: SO MUCH FUN – UGA is definitely one of the number one party schools, and we've even been named number one party school. there is ALWAYS something to do, whether it be hitting the bars downtown (if you're 21 of course), going to frat parties (there are multiple every weekend), or even just going to a house party.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Big School but Not Too Big – I came to UGA because i knew they have an amazing science program. It is definitely difficult but it prepares you for your future, especially if you're aiming to go to med school. The classes are big, but if you make the effort the teachers are always there to help you out. If you take honors classes, the student/ professor relationship is MUCH better. Classes at UGA are not easy by any means, but when you're finished you will feel much more accomplished knowing you worked hard for your degree and you earned it.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Da Bomb – Nighlife at UGA is awesome. There is always something to do. If you go downtown, there is always something different to do. If I go out every day of the night in Athens, I will find something to do.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Restaurants – There are many great restaurants around the campus. You never get used to eating at one place because there are many places to eat at. When in downtown Athens, you are never sad because there are many place to go and many places to go eat. Even when not downtown, there is a bulldog site in which you can order food from over 100 restaurants.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Always There When Needed. Serving as the 24/7 emergency point of contact regarding safety and security issues affecting any of our building. The University police alongside the county police are always strolling along all the roads through out the day. During busy nights downtown, police are always found riding bicycles through town, making sure no one is publicly intoxicated and causing trouble. You may feel safe and secure with them always around because they always handle any situation that seems threatening to students and people on roads. They make the place and roads safer especially because of the drunk students on certain Friday nights and weekends.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Almost Anything You'd Want – Athens, GA where UGA is located is most definitely a college town. Football games are celebrated by the whole city, students and non-students. There are tons of quaint boutiques and coffee houses for a relaxed afternoon of shopping. As far as restaurants, Athens has everything from typical southern cuisine to international flavors and even several vegan eateries loved by many. If you wish for recreational activities to keep you active in your spare time, Athens has many: from the college's own facilities to dance studios and more. Plus, Athens itself is located in an area surrounded by other popular attractions: hiking, tubing, and rafting to the north and the city of Atlanta only an hour away.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Hard Program to Get Into but Worth It – As a Mass Media Arts major at UGA, I'm in the College of Journalism and Communications. The program is one of the harder programs to get accepted to. However, if you get accepted you can see why. The professors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful when it comes to giving you the tools you need to succeed in the work force and helping students get as many internship and study abroad opportunities as possible.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Not Sure – Since I've only ever gone to UGA and I don't have many friends that go to other 4 year universities, I'm not sure how we compare. However, I know we have much better academics than local community colleges, as would be expected.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not Very Noticable – While I have friends here that I know do drugs, it's not something I notice much on campus or as a widespread trend.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Love This School – The University of Georgia has amazing professors and advisers. I have never been unhappy with my professors or instructors, and they have all been incredibly helpful and obviously in love with their jobs. The same goes for my academic advisers. I never feel academically lost here, as there are so many faculty members willing to go above and beyond to help students!

5 College Junior

Facilities: Social Scene – There is never a dull moment at Georgia. There is always something to do, no matter what you're into. There's always events going on through out the week.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big here, but not so big that you have to be a part of it. It's great if you're interested...if not, you can just go to their parties like everyone else. They have amazing parties here. We're not number 1(now 2) for nothing.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – We have a really diverse male and female population. Because of the emphasis on athletics, everyone pretty much stays in shape and there is a very attractive pool of people located in Athens. Not only are people attractive, but everyone is genuinely nice.

4 College Junior

Academics: Great Biology Opportuntites – There are so many great opportunities for biology majors. From teaching to working in a lab, you just have to get out there, and if you're in a pre-professional program as well, there are also options to volunteer in your field.

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Christopher Joshua Benton
Hometown
Norfolk, VA
Major
English/Magzine Print Journalism/New Media
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One of the most amazing things about students at UGA is that I have never heard one person say they don't like being here. UGA and Athens have so much to offer in so many different categories, that there really is something for everyone. The positive energy of 30,000 people who are happy to be here is captivating, and something you will instantly want to be a part of. It will not take long before you regard Athens as your second home, and after about a week, most students forget how big a school it is.

It's exciting to be in Athens because there is always something going on, whether it is entertainment, a demonstration, job fairs, or just a chance to hang out with people you just met who are now your best friends. Students are encouraged to explore their talents and make the most of their four years here, and most students are able to achieve their ultimate "college experience." Sometimes, it seems like we are all characters in some cheesy teen movie because college life in Athens is so classic, but academically, socially, and personally, this school seems to have changed most of us for the better.

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